22-26 May 2014

University of Northern British Columbia Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Fourth Announcement & First Call for Papers and Posters

The International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) is pleased to issue the fourth announcement for the 8th International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS VIII) to be held at the University of Northern British Columbia, in Prince George, British Columbia, from 22-26 May 2014. This is also our first call for papers and posters.
ICASS is held every three years, bringing together people from all over the world to share ideas about social science research in the Arctic. ICASS VII, held in Akureyri in June 2011, attracted 450 participants from 30 different countries.
ICASS VIII's theme is Northern Sustainabilities. By using the plural, we underscore both that ‘sustainability’ has social, cultural, economic, political and environmental dimensions, and that definitions of the concept vary. Yet, while debating specific definitions, most would agree that working toward sustainable ways of living in the North and on approaches to sustainable engagement with the North, are critical both to the North’s and to the world’s future. Community sustainability in the North, whether for small settlements or large urban conglomerations, requires new models of food and energy security, and of access to employment, health care and social and cultural services for residents. The North is faced with demographic challenges to sustainability. Appropriate governance regimes for renewable and non-renewable resources underpin sustainable development. We will welcome sessions and papers on all facets of sustainability in the North. And, as always, we also welcome sessions and papers on all other subjects of relevance to our members.
The deadline for submitting paper and poster abstracts is 17 December 2013
For more information see the IASSA official web site: http://iassa.org/